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a deal on the fiscal cliff. however, chief white house correspondent ed henry tells us that washington may have to set with a backup plan to the backup plan. >> christmas tradition for president obama. he and first lady michelle obama saying thanks at the marine corps base hawaii. >> so many of you make sacrifices day in and day out on behalf of the freedom and behalf of the security. >> now the president is giving up some vacation time rushing back to washington aboard air force one late tonight to deal with the looming fiscal cliff. after that red eye, the president will no doubt need coffee. starbucks decided to get political in the washington, d.c., shops, by having employees write come together on cups. ceo howard schultz writing in open letter, "my hope is the simple message will serve as holiday reminder from starbuck of the spirit that bridgeed differences and we have the power to come together and make a difference in every season of the year." the president and speaker john boehner have not spoken in nearly a week. when the house republicans convene conference call today, all
call members of the house back to washington today. he shouldn't have let them two in fact. they're not here. they're not here. john boehner seeps to care more about keeping his speakership than about keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> reporter: there have been all eyes on senator mitch mcconnell, the republican leader, the counterpart to harry reid because he has been pretty quiet early on in the negotiations. was defering speaker boehner to give the republican side. after hearing senator reid yesterday, senator mcconnell fired back. take a listen. >> we're coming up against a hard deadline here and i said, this is a conversation we should had months ago. and republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> reporter: now senator mcconnell also said he was disappointed because when he got a call from the president two nights ago right before the president left hawaii to come back here to the white house, senator mcconnell says that was the first time he heard from an
in the washington area this morning. because at starbucks, in the washington, d.c., area at each of the starbucks locations, they write on the cups, "come together." it's sort of an impetus to maybe get these bozos in the house and the senate to come together in the fiscal cliff. we're going to be talking about the starbucks effort a little later in the show. good morning, ladies and gentlemen. >> good morning. >> good morning. it's thursday, december 27th. i'm mike barnicle in for joe, mika and willie. joining the table, we have political editor and white house correspondent for the huffington post, sam stein. >> hi. >> applause for sam. "fortune's" assistant managing editor, leigh gallagher. and the president of the council on foreign relations, author of "foreign policy begins at home: the case for putting america's house in order." and in washington, vice president and executive editor of and msnbc political analyst, richard wolffe. a minor round of applause for richard wolffe. >> one hand clapping. >> first of all, can anybody here come up with a synonym -- i don't care what it is
of u.s. security agents. benghazi, tripoli and washington coordinated effectively with each other on the night of the attacks. the interagency response was timely and appropriate. but there was not enough time for u.s. military forces to have made a difference. having said that, it is not reasonable nor feasible to tether u.s. forces at the ready to respond to protect every high risk post in the world. we have found that there was no immediate tactical warning of the september 11 attacks. if there was a knowledge gap in the intelligence community's en understanding of extremist militias in benghazi -- in this context, increased violence .ailed to com we did not find that any individual u.s. government employee engaged in willful misconduct or knowingly ignored his or her responsibilities. we did conclude that certain state department bureau level senior officials in critical positions of authority and responsibility in washington demonstrate a lack of leadership and management ability a program for senior ranks and their responses to security concerns posed by the special mission.
to washington. new information breaking in the last hour that a backup plan is in the works for republicans in case the white house and congress can not reach a deal on the fiscal cliff by the end of the year. house speaker john boehner spoke about it a minutes ago. >> our plan b would protect american taxpayers who make a million dollars or less and have all of their current rates extended. i continue to have hope that we can reach a broader agreement with the white house that would reduce spending as well as have revenues on the table. jon: despite the existence of this plan b negotiations are moving forward between president obama and speaker boehner to try to avoid the fiscal cliff. ed henry is live at the white house. so tell us a little bit more about plan b. what is it, ed? >> reporter: good to jon. you know the president's position all along you only raise taxes on people making over $250,000. republicans said look, that will end up not just hitting individuals but a lot of small businesses. it will result in them not creating jobs, et cetera. so you hear the speaker saying look, le
to extend tax cuts for most americans. his remarks came as congress leaves washington without a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. the president said he hoped any deal to avoid the fiscal cliff would also include and extension of unemployment insurance and lay this is about 7 minutes. >> good afternoon, everybody. for the last few weeks, i have been working with the leaders of both parties on a proposal to get our deficit under control, to avoid tax cuts -- to avoid tax hikes on the middle-class. and to make sure we can spur jobs and economic growth. a balanced proposal that cuts spending, but also ask the wealthiest americans to pay more, a proposal that will strengthen the middle class over the long haul, and our economy over the long haul. in the course of these negotiations, i offered to compromise with republicans in congress. i met them halfway on taxes and more than halfway on spending. today, i am still willing to get a comprehensive package done. i still believe that reducing our deficit is the right thing to do for the long-term health of our economy and the confidence of our
of mourning played out once again today in newtown, connecticut. while in washington, president obama walked into the white house briefing room named for james brady-- the press secretary critically wounded in the shooting of president reagan in 1981-- to talk abt g violence. >> the fact fact that this pros complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. >> ifill: instead, in the wake of the massacre at sandy hook elementary school, mr. obama said, "this time, the words need to lead to action" on gun violence. >> the vast majority of responsible law abiding gun owners would be some of the first to say that we should be able to keep an irresponsible law breaking few from buying a weapon of war. i'm willing to bet that they don't think that using a gun and using common sense are incompatible ideas. there is a big chunk of space between what the 2nd amendment means and having no rules at all. >> reporter: to that end, the president announced vice president biden and an administration team will craft recommendations on everything from gun laws to mental health, to be sent to congress by
service in washington on friday. >>> in new orleans, a federal judge has given final approval to bp settlement with gulf coast businesses and residents. bp will pay at least $7.8 billion in compensation to settle claims from the deep water horizon disaster in 2010. there is no cap on the settlement except for those claims from those in the sea food industry, so, the final bill could still be much higher. thousands of people made claims from texas to florida. >>> moving overseas to a deadly cold snap in the ukraine. hundreds more have been treated for hypothermia and frost bite. the government has set up thousands of heating centers to help people deal with the extreme cold. the temperatures there have dropped down to just one degree fahrenheit, far below the average for this time of the year. >>> well, this morning it looks like a major u.s. ally will have a new constitution, but theare still a whole lot of questions about egypt's democratic future. the draft charter has been approved by a majority of voters in a referendum. official results are expected later on. two rounds of voti
and the political class here in washington d.c. so consumed by fear and hatred of the n.r.a. and american gun owners that you're willing to accept a world where real resistence to evil monssters is alone, unarmed, school principal left to vender her life, her life to shield those children in her care? no one, no one regardless of personal, political prejudice has the right to impose that sacrifice. ladies and gentlemen, there's no national one side fits all solution to protecting our children. but do know this president see road out school emergency planning grants in last year's budget and scrapped secure our schools policing grants in next year's budget. with all the foreign aid the united states does, with all the money in the federal budget, can't we afford to put a police officer in every single school? even if they did that, politicians have no business and no authority denying us the right, the ability and the moral imperative to protect ourselves and our loved ones from harm. now the national rifle association knows there are millions of qualified active and retired police. active reserve an
to head back to washington and jump-start the fiscal cliff negotiations with congress. talks fell apart before christmas. the deadline now is just days away and there is no deal in sight to avoid the tax hikes and spending cuts set to go into effect january 1st. our juan williams is a fox news political analyst and he joins us today and very quickly, juan, merry christmas to you. >> merry christmas, kelly. kelly: this is daunting task facing congress to avert the so-called fiscal cliff that will set into motion more than $600 billion in drastic and draconian allic tax hikes and spending cuts. that will cause a lot of pain for all americans and does congress have enough time to act on this? >> they do. you know it will be very close and it may in fact go beyond the deadline per se although people are thinking at the moment it is possible to get something done by the end of this week. the key here, kelly, is the senate. we have been so focused on the house, speaker boehner, plan. about, plan b falling apart. now speaker boehner is pointing towards the senate and the white house is pointin
heading back to washington tonight to restart the negotiations on the so-called fiscal cliff. if mr. obama and congress can not agree on a stopgap measure, automatic hikes and spending cuts will hit americans jan 1. peter doocy live in washington with more on this peter, what is the latest? >> reporter: gregg, the president said on friday he would see it this week and maybe if lawmakers went back to home districts to drink eggnog and eat cookies and sing christmas carols maybe they would be more in touch with the hardship so many americans are going to face if the fiscal cliff is not avoided. >> there is a mismatch right now between how everybody else is thinking about these problems. democrats and republicans, outside of this town and how folks are operating here and we've just got to get that aligned. >> reporter: the president's wife and daughters are going to stay in hawaii to continue vacationing. we're told the president may rejoin them or he may not. it all depends on how negotiations progress in the next few days. gregg: well, you know what, peter? there's not lost love between boe
a hand. [applause] since he came to washington with president obama in 2009, he has been a forward thinking and caring supporter of the district. to the teachers and principals of this city in this country. he has helped secure millions of dollars in funding. they helped shape innovative policies, all across the country. he is a true leader, not just in time for celebration, but in times of tragedy and sorrow. yesterday, he attended the funeral of the principle of sandy hook elementary school that lost her life protecting the children of the school. ladies and gentlemen, i am proud, thankful, and privileged to introduce arne duncan. [applause] >> i want to thank the children for their fantastic support. please give a round of applause for the work she is doing. [applause] i think she is an amazing leader, and d.c. has come a long way and has a long way to go. with her passion in her heart, she is leading the charge. this is a bittersweet day. i think it is so important on days like this and every day, that we listen to our children. savor their innocence and applaud their unquencha
to that job. many analysts had already called it washington's worst kept secret. if confirmed senator john kerry takes on a key role in the national security team during the second term. senator john kerry would replace the current secretary of state, hillary clinton, who will step down early next year. this afternoon, president obama calling senator kerry an exemplary public servant. >> we turn the page on a decade of war he knows we have to harness american power and ensure they work telling, diplomatic and development, economic and political, military and intelligence, as well as the power of our values which inspire so many people around the world. >>gregg: john kerry has chaired the senate foreign relations committee for six years after his failed presidential bid in 2004. wendell is like at the white house. any sign of a fight over senate confirmation or is this a foregone conclusion? >>reporter: you are right, it is a foregone conclusion. the senate is a close knit group and he has been there 20 years. he will not need on the job training and he called on lawmakers to confirm him qu
. >> what's been holding us back is the dysfunction here in washington and if, you know, people start to see that on january 1st this problem still hasn't been solved, that we haven't seen the deficit reduction we could have had, the republicans been willing to take the deal i gave them, if they say, that people's taxes have gone up, which means consumer spending is going to be depressed, obviously that will adverse reaction in the markets. heather: there is lot at stake for all americans. three big issues on the financial front this morning as a matter of fact,. stu varney, host of "varney & company" on the fox business network joins us now. stu, no deal on capitol hill, not really doing their job but we're hearing they get a pay raise. >> that incredible to some people, but nonetheless before this past weekend, president obama quietly signed a executive order that gives a small pay raise to two million federal workers and a small pay raise to all 535 members of congress. they will get an extra $900 each in the forthcoming year starting march 27th. but they get a pay raise. so the people wh
of their own. >> we just got in from washington, d.c. and i say what was happening. we had to get back. pray to god to help heal these people that lost children. we have two daughters. i can't imagine what it must feel like. >> people watch this stuff on tv and come and show your support. lay down flowers and show your support. >> it's an unimaginable loss. there is nothing you can say to console them. >> people at one newtown church, they had a reported bomb threat but police gave them the all clear shortly after the call was called in. >> gregg: new reports showing small businesses are feeling the effect if democrats and republicans don't reef an agreement soon. joining us is brenda buttner. newly smaul businesses they have to budget in advance. they have to budget for the coming quarter. so they are already tightening their belt? >> you budget based on what the economy is going to do or what the customers are going to spend. we had key surveys that the optimism level of small business levels is at record lows close to what it was in 2008 and 2009 when basically the recession started and f
, chief political correspondent for the "washington examiner". good morning to you. so many questions remain. first off why did they make this move now? >> because time was running out and the administration, i think, hoped that opposition among republicans in the senate to rice would diminish but it didn't. the thing that really killed it, they understood, john mccain, lindsey graham, kelly ayotte opposed her. the thing that killed it when she met susan collins who introduced her at her confirmation hearing and been a rise supporter and said there were serious questions about the nomination. at that point the handwriting was on the wall. bill: she is considered a moderate, if you have a good chance of getting through that would be the sign you have a chance but what graham just said, she was the most politically compliant person they could find, that's loaded. >> well i mean this goes back to what she said in the aftermath of those benghazi attacks when she said it wasn't a terrorist act. it was the result of spontaneous protests against that islamic video. we know that susan rice wa
an hour, it's the winds. whether we see winds in washington or new york already slowing down travel tonight, they won't see the snow accumulation. it's the winds with this system that's a big deal. indy gusts to almost 40 miles per hour. roanoke, virginia to dchicago. we're talking a big geography in terms of the impacts of it. here's where the blizzard warnings are in. that's for 6 to 12 inches of snow coupled with winds at 40, 50 miles per hour making it difficult to see and visibility is down near zero. that's kind of the blizzard warning scenario. there's the blizzard warning. you can see that in areas of indiana and illinois and moving into ohio. these in the pink are winter weather warnings, so we'll see that. here's the snow. 12 inches at the very least, and in upstate new york, suzanne, we will see at least 12 inches of snow. so the timing in and around western new york, we see the snow tonight to tomorrow. i know you travel a lot, and it's those big cities in and around new york and new jersey and washington, big-time travel delays at the airports. already canceling hundred
, it's a rain maker for new york, philadelphia and washington, but then that moves out by tomorrow afternoon. >> just so i make it home to see mom. >> you'll get there. >> i hope so. thanks, alexandra. >>> two state department officials employees of hillary clinton are testifying right now before the house and senate committees after that blistering report on exactly what went wrong in benghazi, the committee headed by thomas pickering and admiral mike mullen. admiral mullen had this to say. >> while we did not find that any individual u.s. government employee engaged in willful misconduct or knowingly ignored his or her responsibilities, we did conclude that certain state department bureau level senior officials in critical positions of authority and responsibility in washington demonstrated a lack of leadership and management ability appropriate for senior ranks in their responses to security concerns posed by the special mission. >> a total of four senior state department officials have either resigned or placed on administrative leave in the wake of this report but what about s
will have to return to washington in a day or two to deal with you know what the fiscal crisis. chief house correspondented spayeed henry is in hawaii with the president. i assume if there were any conversations between the president and the speaker we would be advised. >> they say there have not been any more calls, no contact between the high school and the speaker. that is a sign that there's been no major progress. they say that the lines of communication are still open between the president's staff, the peaker's staff. also now the circle is widening a little bit and it's including senate staff, because given what happened late last week where speaker boehner's so-called plan b fail in the house there is now momentum to try and get something going in the senate right after christmas and maybe possible something there, some sort of a stop-gap measure, hope they can pass it in the house. this morning one of the conservative lea leaders, senator jim demint, he's retiring to run the heritage foundation, he put out a message saying it's time for both sides to come together. >> as we celebra
couple days. at a vigil in washington for the victims at sandy hook elementary, connecticut congresswoman and democrat rosa delora, say reasonable people need to come together to find screenable ways to prevent gun violence. here she is. >> we who serve in this institution need to take steps that are going to insure that these tragedies will not happen again. like insuring better access to quality mental health care, and yes, i belief in strengthening our gun control laws. martha: democrat frank lautenberg and dianne feinstein saying in the next congress they will reintroduce the bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. lots more to be said about all of that. bill: talk of renewing gun control debate sends sale of firearms soaring. gun store owners said they see increased sale for ammunition which is some say is easier to ban than the weapons themselves. some stores reporting busiest days they have seen in years. >> big-time, friday and saturday especially the place was just wall-to-wall. they're going to do something. that's obvious. and people want to get stuff before a ban
of washington. there has been another meeting at the white house today between the president and house speaker john boehner. a sign, perhaps, of some concrete progress toward averting the so-called fiscal cliff. that looming event that would bring higher taxes for everyone and blunt force government spending cuts, including cuts to the pentagon budget, come january 1st. dana bash is on capitol hill. we have two weeks now to go until the deadline. but there was this 45-minute meeting at the white house today. what's it all mean? >> reporter: you know, i wish i was a fly on the wall. i'm sure you do too, in that meeting. the fact that it was 45 minutes, you know, it makes you a little bit concerned that maybe if it were longer they would have more progress. but the fact of the matter is over the past four, five days or so, according to sources in both parties, there has been general progress made. and diedra walsh and i have been hearing from sources, both parties, that right now at this point the talks are centered around about a $2 trillion deal, a trillion dollars in spending cuts, about a tr
gun control regulation. nbc's tom costello is in washington with that part of the story. good morning, tom. >> hi, david. picking up on the discussion from "meet the press" over the weekend, we're talking about the assault weapons ban that congress allowed to expire in 2004. this morning, there is a growing chorus of voices, including some nra members calling for a new assault weapons ban to prevent any more tragedies. just four days since the massacre at sandy hook, signs of movement in the decades-long gun control debate. it began with president obama. >> are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom? >> reporter: by monday morning, joe scarborough, now an msnbc host, came out forcefully against assault weapons. >> it is time for congress to put children before deadly dogmas. it's time for politicians to start focusing more on protecting our schoolyards. than putting together their next fundraiser. >> reporter: then, one of the biggest pro-gun senators. >> as your senator, i'll protect your second ame
were. >> winter hit the state of washington over night. here is what we are dealing with. really wet snow and ice underneath making roads very slick, makes kids late for school and making it tough for people to get the holiday shopping done in time. >> reporter: that storm tonight is on the move. blizzard warnings in eastern kansas and a snake of watches and warnings from denver to eastern michigan. the result, up to a foot of snow and gusting winds from parts of the rockies to eastern iowa. starting tomorrow and making it to wisconsin by friday. >> okay, ginger is here now. take us through, what travellers should watch for. >> tonight, it's denver. if you're flying in and around denver, tonight, early tomorrow, northeast colorado. then we go for the wednesday nebraska and kansas problem area. iowa. and even northern illinois, just touching of the suburbs of chicago, thursday and friday. remember too, you have severe storms and everybody is asking, does it get to the east coast? do we get a white christmas? right now, it looks like a whole lot of rain. >> looks like we need holiday s
this morning in fort washington. police say the robbers demanded cash cash and jewelry and the home opener was taken to the hospital wi with a gunshot wouldn't wound t the the back and he's expected to be okay. okay. >> w >> weather and traffic for you ri right after this. [ male announcer ] there are plenty of reasons to be jolly at the chevy year-end event because chevy's giving more. more efficiency with sonic and cruze... more function in equinox and traverse... more dependability with the legendary silverado... and more style in the all-new malibu. chevy's giving more at the year-end event because 'tis the season. chevy's giving more. this holiday season, get a 2013 cruze ls for around $149 per month or get $500 holiday bonus cash. >>> good morning, damp and chi chilly around most of the region an and we're in the 40s to near 50 de degrees. pa patchy fog and areas west of i-95. mi mid day, gusts to around 30 mil miles an hour and highs reaching the the upper 50s and tomorrow, lots of of sunshine, wind and rain like likely on thursday afternoon and into the evening and then windy and c
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